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Supply Chain Management Degree and Certification Programs at CWU College of Business, Ellensburg, WA

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Located at Ellensburg, Central Washington University (CWU) is one of six state-supported institutions offering baccalaureate and graduate degrees. Central was established in 1890 as Washington State Normal School by the first legislature to fulfill the intent of the 1889 Enabling Act for Statehood. In 1891, doors opened for classes. Ellensburg Normal School became Central Washington College of Education in 1937, Central Washington State College in 1961, and Central Washington University in 1977.

CWU's College of Business faculty and staff create value and opportunity for the students by focusing on quality in undergraduate education at the Ellensburg campus and university centers in the Puget Sound and central regions of Washington state. CWU accomplishes this through emphasis on excellence in teaching, which is strengthened by faculty research and supported by professional service.

Central Washington University is one of a few institutions in the Seattle region with a curriculum and faculty focused on supply chain related courses. Students attending CWU-Ellensburg have the option of either a specialized business major or a certificate in Supply Chain Management.

Those attending CWU-Lynnwood or CWU-Des Moines may pursue a certificate as part of their undergraduate program or as a post-baccalaureate option. Supply chain programs at CWU are also supported by the Supply Chain Management Institute, which focuses exclusively on curriculum development, research and industry outreach.

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Academic Programs

Undergraduate Programs

  • BS in Business Administration with Supply Chain Management Specialization: Supply chain management (SCM) builds on the business core and prepares students for careers as analysts, decision makers and managers in any and all segments of the organization’s supply, production and distribution chain. Students who complete this program will have a fundamental understanding of the systematic, integrated nature of the creation and delivery of goods and services, and the manner in which the supply, production and distribution chain includes or involves other internal and external entities. Students will be able to solve problems and make decisions in this environment by using concepts from accounting, economics and other business administration areas, computing and analytical skills, and appropriate quantitative and qualitative models.
  • Bachelor of Applied Science in Supply Chain Management (BAS-SCM): The bachelor of applied science in supply chain management (BAS-SCM) is designed for students with any applied or technical school degree to gain a baccalaureate degree in a timely fashion. This degree requires significant study in general education at the upper-division level. Applicants for the BAS Supply Chain Management must have an applied or technical degree from a community or technical college with a minimum GPA of 2.25 and it is recommended to have 102 transferable credits prior to beginning this program. Students with less than 102 transferable credits must work directly with professional advisors for the College of Business ti determine if any additional credits are required for graduation.
  • Supply Chain Management Certificate: The certificate program provides the opportunity for the student to gain knowledge and skills in the full spectrum of supply chain activities - supplier relationships, purchasing management, operations and inventory management, logistics and transportation, quality management, and information technology. Typical job titles include: purchasing/ supply manager, procurement manager, materials manager, contracts manager, purchasing agent, senior buyer and buyer/planner.


Central Washington University operates six university centers and two teaching sites that provide programs on community college campuses across Washington state. The centers offer upper division (300 and 400 level) and graduate-level coursework leading to baccalaureate and master’s degrees. Day and evening classes are offered to accommodate the needs of time and place-bound students. The centers are designed for students who have completed their Direct Transfer Agreement (DTA) associate degree or most of their general education requirements.

  • Campus: Central is located in the heart of Washington State in the beautiful city of Ellensburg. The CWU campus is less than two hours east of Seattle and three hours west of Spokane. With four distinct seasons, the area is perfect for those who love the outdoors. No matter where you live in Ellensburg, you’re just minutes away from snow boarding and skiing, hiking, floating the river, fly fishing, mountain biking, rock climbing, horseback riding, camping, and many other outdoor activities.
  • Accreditation: The Central Washington University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU). The College of Business (CB) within Central Washington University (CWU) is accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
  • Campus Life: Campus Activities offers a variety of events including music, comedy, speakers, concerts, performances, and special events such as Homecoming, Family Weekend, Boo Central, Ware Fair, and Student Appreciation Day. KCWU 88.1 the ‘Burg Radio Station seeks to educate, inform, and entertain the public while teaching students lifelong communication, public speaking, accountability, teamwork, and leadership skills.
  • Student Life: Students choose from more than 100 student clubs and organizations. A lot of the fun happens on campus in the Shepherd Union Building and at the Dee Events Center. The surrounding area offers skiing and rock climbing on nearby mountains and rafting on nearby rivers.
  • David Wain Coon Center for Excellence in Leadership: The David Wain Coon Center for Excellence in Leadership (CEL) provides leadership learning opportunities to all CWU students. Training opportunities include leadership retreats, workshops, conferences, and a broad collection of resources. Over 2,000 students participate in CEL programs each year.
  • Student Employment: CWU hires more than 3,300 students to work on campus each year. Working allows students to meet a portion of their college expenses and gain valuable work experience. Career-related employment is strongly encouraged. Student Employment posts notices for on- and off-campus job openings on the Student Employment website and on the bulletin board on the first floor of Barge Hall, including summer job opportunities.
  • Housing: University Housing provides well-maintained housing facilities, with an emphasis on student development, as part of the university’s academic environment, and works to augment classroom instruction with a learning environment that is supportive of students’ educational goals, personal and interpersonal growth, and cultural awareness. Programs such as Discover! New Student Orientation, Wildcat Welcome Weekend, and Wildcat Connections are part of new student programs.
  • Supply Chain Management Association: The Central Washington University Operations and Supply Chain Management Club was established with the intent to help students gain a broader understanding of the opportunities, career paths, developments, and current issues in operations and supply chain management. The Operations and Supply Chain Management Club will fulfill these goals by offering lectures from industry professionals, engaging in faculty relations, and other club-related activities. The club also seeks to leverage these programs in order to assist students with job and internship searches.
  • Supply Chain Management Institute: The Supply Chain Management Institute (SCMI) was established by the College of Business to engage with the industry in the development, support, and facilitation of Supply Chain Management knowledge and expertise. SCMI is designed to create a close partnership between the University and industry, primarily in the Puget Sound business community, help supply chain professionals maintain their competitiveness through training seminars and conferences, foster networking among practitioners and academia, collaborate on research projects in the field of supply chain management with industry, and provide opportunities for business students to interact with supply chain professionals.
  • Study Abroad: Study Abroad and Exchange Programs (SAEP) provides a wide variety of educational opportunities for you to enhance and internationalize your degree at Central Washington University. In fact, nearly 500 programs are available in over 75 different countries, ranging from a week to an entire school year.

LAST UPDATED ON Jan 13, 2020